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Poster: Ronald Pike Date: Jun 14, 2004 12:18pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Showing a video to a class

I am a high school teacher and I would like to record Duck and Cover to a DVD to show to my US History classes. It's not clear to me how this could be done, and is also beyond the technical knowledge of those at my school. Would you have any recommendations?

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Poster: Toomy Date: Jun 18, 2004 3:30am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Showing a video to a class

Depending on your DVD player, you can burn the mpeg 2 file to a CD and it will play. No formatting needed. The only DVD players I am aware of that will do this are made by Apex. Cheap little DVD players, but they'll play anything. I have actually done this with an Apex player and it works. Worth a try since the cost of a blank CD is so cheap.

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Poster: Film Fan Date: Jun 14, 2004 1:17pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Showing a video to a class

I agree; the Mpeg2 files are the best for making a DVD. If your DVD authoring program recognizes the file, then fine. If not (like Pinnacle Studio 8), then you'll need to convert the movies into the .avi format. I use the freeware program VirtualDubMod to do this. It's user-friendly and you can download it from http://virtualdubmod.sourceforge.net/

When you run VirtualDubMod, open your downloaded movie, then "Save as..." an .avi file. My Pinnacle Studio 8 authoring program recognizes the .avi file and picks it up from there.

Understand that an .avi file is HUGE when compared to the Mpeg file. So, have enough disk space (at least 9-13 gig per downloaded movie file).

Does that make sense?

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Poster: leecherzs Date: Jun 14, 2004 3:04pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Showing a video to a class

or if you are on a budget and need just a simple menu you can use a free program like the one below
under linux.

http://dvdstyler.sourceforge.net/
DVDStyler is a crossplatform GUI frontend to the dvd authoring and recording programs dvdauthor and dvdrecord.

good luck

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Poster: Ronald Pike Date: Jun 15, 2004 12:49pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Showing a video to a class

Yes. Thanks for your assistance.

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 14, 2004 12:31pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Showing a video to a class

You need a DVD burner and the authoring program that usually comes with it. Then you download the mpeg2 version of the film, launch the DVD software, add the file, and burn the DVD. Sounds simple, but DVD authoring programs are complicated and have lots of options, so plan to take some time. Also be warned that some standalone DVD players may not be able to play your burned DVD. Spend a few hours reading (and use google to search) the newsgroup rec.video.desktop